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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (June 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580054846
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580054843
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Sh!t No One Tells You took me right back to those first weeks of new motherhood—truly the most empowering and frustrating (and frightening!) of times. With heartfelt encouragement and insight, Dawn Dais is a must-read for first-time moms."
Rebecca Woolf, author of Rockabye: From Wild to Child

"Humorous revelations offer insight into a natural process that can and often does completely overwhelm the mother. . . An amusing and accurate examination of life with an infant.”
Kirkus Reviews

"Babies are wonderful—we all agree. Can we also acknowledge that bringing home that first bundle of joy is one of the hardest things you’ll ever do? Dawn Dais bravely goes where other baby books don’t in her wisecracking new release called The Sh!t No One Tells You: A Guide to Surviving Your Baby’s First Year. She spills the truth about everything from breastfeeding to getting along with your partner post-baby. Pregnant women who want an honest peek inside what’s to come will be convinced to nap while they still can, and moms with kids will laugh out loud at Dais’s quirky insights and strong opinions."
Parents magazine

"Dais and her team of MOFLs (moms on the front lines) guide parents (moms, especially) through the first 52 weeks of your child’s life with honesty, clarity, humor, complaints and encouragement on a myriad of important subjects from breastfeeding, endless crying and vaccinating to relationship problems, loss of freedom and inaccurate Facebook statuses (“OMG, I love my life!”)."
Equally Family

"From poop to post-partum depression, she presents a no-holds-barred look at all of the changes and challenges that new moms and dads can face, along with the three little words every infant-toting parent wants to hear: It gets better."
Parade magazine




"[T]hings are going to get messy. And not as in, 'Oh, you dripped a little ketchup on your shirt while eating a burger.' Oh no. More of a 'Seriously, how long has that poop been on my shirt with no one pointing it out?' Where once your life was pristine and tasteful it is now covered in things that came out of different parts of a human being."
— from the book

About the Author

Dawn Dais is a freelance writer, designer, and filmmaker from Sacramento, CA. Her two previous books, The Nonrunner's Marathon Guide for Women and The Noncyclist's Guide to the Century and Other Road Races, were published by Seal Press, have topped Amazon.com best-seller lists, and have been featured by countless TV and print media sources. Her uniquely sarcastic yet inspiring tone has entertained and guided an enthusiastic core of readers towards their various ridiculous athletic goals. Dais has a popular website, dreaminmotion.net, which has 18,000 members and features downloadable training plans, blogging, and run tracking. Her first film recently received national distribution. Dais lives in Sacramento, CA, with her partner and two-year-old daughter, Vivian.

More About the Author

Dawn Dais is a freelance writer, designer, and filmmaker from Sacramento, CA. Her two previous books, The Nonrunner's Marathon Guide for Women and The Noncyclist's Guide to the Century and Other Road Races, were published by Seal Press, have topped Amazon.com best-seller lists, and have been featured by countless TV and print media sources. Her uniquely sarcastic yet inspiring tone has entertained and guided an enthusiastic core of readers towards their various ridiculous athletic goals.

​Dawn's most recent book The Sh!t No One Tells You will be out in June 2013 and is a funny and informational book about the joys of parenthood.​

Dawn lives in Sacramento, CA, with her family.

Customer Reviews

It's nice to know other Moms feel like this too!
Sarena Brown
Unlike many baby books, this book tells it like it is and gives practical guidelines for some taboo but very real life situations.
Karen R. Cooper
I'd definitely recommend this book to expecting parents.
Ben Price

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Erin on July 4, 2013
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Having read several "serious" books (Cherish the First Six Weeks, Happiest Baby on the Block, Babywise, etc), I was excited to hear about this book. I read most of while breast feeding my 3 week old. It made me laugh out loud. I would definitely recommend it to new first time moms!! She approaches the challenges of the first year with a new born from a perspective that most professional women with a sense of humor will appreciate.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mary Lavers on July 4, 2013
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This is the book I wish I had read when my daughter was first born. Except that I could barely keep my eyes open and I was still convinced that my precious free moments were best spent scrapbooking the precious memories of my baby's new life into an adorable hardcover book that I would proudly show off for an entire week and then never look at again. I was a sleep deprived idiot.

But had I been able to formulate cohesive thoughts during those first few months, let alone process complex sentences, I could have really benefited from this book, with such reassuring chapters as:
* "Breastfeeding is F'n Hard" (it really is);
* "No One is Loving This as Much as Their Facebook Posts Would Have You Believe" (soooo true...if you don't believe me, go back and look at your own Facebook posts from when your child was first born--if your child was born after 2007 of course--and notice the lack of posts that say "that little @#!$ woke me up every 30 minutes for no good reason and I'm starting to suspect it's some sort of personal infant vendetta");
* "Your Newborn is Not Cute" (screw this, mine was adorable! ...sort of);
* "Who Needs a Health Plan When You Have the Internet?" (the internet is hella dangerous to new parents--just ask the very nice nurses at my local emergency room when I brought in my five-week-old because when I took her temperature I thought it was half a degree higher than the other eight times I had taken it that day, and is it possible that she has malaria or scarlet fever or something?); and
* "It Does Not Go By 'Soooo Fast'" (especially those first three or four months...those are like the longest night that never ends...I mean awesome, but also awful...
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Claire Hamilton on August 3, 2013
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The premise of this book is good and certainly there is some truth in the author's depiction of motherhood (probably more truth than Renoir). That said the book is badly written and far les funny than the author imagines herself to be. Yes, new motherhood is hard, yes there are often things new mothers wish they had been told but seriously new mothers while sleep deprived are not stupid. I read the first chapter, ok funny, the second well maybe funny and then it becomes all too much of the same--will the book ever end. Don't buy this one, don't give it to anyone, if you feel compelled check it out of the library and return it early.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Flagler on December 31, 2013
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My wife and I recently had a baby and we wished we had read this before she was born. Regardless, we read this a few weeks after she was born and we thought it was not only hilarious, but informative, and totally true. It gives a candid honest outlook to obstacles that new parents will face. The author is open, honest, and funny. She tells it like it is and at the same time, gives several different perspectives on the same scenarios by including interviews/stories from her friends. It should be on the must read list for every new parent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kona123 on March 23, 2014
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Very well written, super funny and it explains a lot of things that no one wants to talk about!! Worth reading!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By alma reza on March 7, 2014
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this book saved me and made me realize im not the only mother who did not know what the hell i was doing. forget what to expect when your expecting that book is a big fat lie, but this one the s*** they dont tell you really really is the truth. if your thinking about having a baby or are pregnant i beg you to read this!!!!!!!it also was very comforting to read especially for me im a new mom and to read the stories of veteran moms and other new moms it made me feel home. Dawn Dais sheds light on the ACTUAL truth about newborns.

-Alma
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amy on January 5, 2014
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Having a 9 month old, I could see my life spilt all over these pages. So nice to know there are other moms out there that are going thru the same thing. Well worth the read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MJ2014 on December 30, 2013
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I am 8 months pregnant with our first, and after spending my whole pregnancy thus far reading serious books on baby care, plus classes and the internet, I was starting to get overwhelmed and just needed to laugh and realize the baby's first year would be a mess, but we would get through it. This book was perfect. I read it in three days and it made me feel much better. Several times I was laughing so hard I could not stop! Can't wait for our own crazy adventure to start. :)
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